The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross is a three weekend, six race series which also include The Mercer Cup presented by Knapp’s Cyclery in Mercer Co., NJ on November 15 and 16; and the Portland Cup presented by Stanley on December 6 and 7. These races represent the deepest, strongest, and fastest cyclocross fields in a series format on this side of the Atlantic. In 2008, the USGP also hosts the official U23 and Junior Worlds qualifying races and are the only sanctioned UCI Junior races on the American CX calendar.
Full event schedule and list registered riders are available on bikereg.com. The list of riders includes a who’s who of cross racers including US Cross Champ Tim Johnson and his teammate Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com), Kona twin towers Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks, Wells bros Todd (Team GT) and Troy (Team Clif Bar), Andy Jacques-Maynes (Specialized/KMC pb Cal Giant), Chris Jones (Sonic/Louis Garneau), Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles), Sue Butler (MonavieCannondale.com), Georgia Gould (LUNA), Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized) and lots more…. Cyclocross Magazine will be providing live updates throughout the weekend of racing.
Can’t make it to Kentucky? Head on out to your local cross race and don’t forget your costume to celebrate Halloween early. All over Canada and the United States, from Alabama to Washington, cross races are being held this weekend. Don’t know what costume to wear? You can always go as a turkey, a gorilla, a polo player, a cheerleader, a pirate… no? well there’s always the (almost) naked look but don’t forget the sunscreen.
And the kiddies can also play as most if not all events have a kid’s race. Speaking of, the Li’l Belgians race at the second annual City Bikes DCCX in Washington DC is sponsored by the Belgian Embassy which will be offering all participating kids a special (and tasty) prize.